Theodore “Ted” J. Harmsen Jr. of Nashville, OR died peacefully at home Wednesday morning, October 25, 2017. Ted was born January 23, 1933 to Theo Harmsen Sr. and Lorene Ann Lutes in Corvallis and lived in Nashville all his life.
Ted attended Eddyville schools and a short time at OSU. Ted entered the Army February 25, 1953, served as a Sergeant in a tank Co. in Korea on the D.M.Z. returning home in January 1955. He worked in his dad’s mill from his teens until the mill closed in 1968 and played baseball on the mill town team for seven years. He continued logging until the age of 80, first with his brother-in-law, Jean Humphrey, and later with his son Ted. He raised Hereford cattle from his FAA herd and later North Country Cheviot sheep and Black Angus cattle. In 1990 he returned to his sawing skills with a portable sawmill.
He married Mary White on July 9, 1953 and they raised two children, Ted Harmsen III (Laura) of Corvallis and Laurie Boggie (Stan) of Springfield. He enjoyed his four grandchildren, Daniel Morris (Haley), Michelle Castleberry (Dustin), Ted “T.J.” Harmsen IV, Randall Harmsen, and he loved watching his six great-grandkids grow!
Ted’s heart was in the outdoors, the forest and the farm; he was willing to share his knowledge and expertise with others; a helping hand and conversation. He was a man of integrity and believed hard work is the basis of personal character.
He is survived by his wife Mary, sisters Gladys Humphrey and Beverly Nordyke, his children, and their families, two sisters-in-law, and a brother-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Ted’s life will be held in the Eddyville High School Gym, November 18th at 11:00 am, a time to see old friends, share memories, find comfort and celebrate the life of an exceptional man. A luncheon will be provided at the conclusion of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests supporting a charity of your choice or to call your friends and tell them how much they mean to you.